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2012: no sorrow at your passing

As we near the end of 2012 I have the flu.

No surprise — it’s been that kind of year.

I can’t say I’ll be terribly unhappy that 2012 is done and through. It has been an odd year to say the least. Here are some things that I won’t miss.

√ The presidential campaign. It actually started the day after Barack Obama was elected in 2008 but it really kicked into high gear this year and dominated the news all the way up to the November election and beyond, thanks again to Florida.

It was nasty as all get out and everybody wanted change of some sort or another.

If you believed the commercials all the candidates on both sides were liberal/radical socialists/ultra right wingers who wanted to raise taxes while at the same time turning their backs on our senior citizens, soldiers, gun owners, teachers, Medicare  and Social Security recipients.

In the process both sides desperately preached “real change” as opposed to your run of the mill “changy change.” They spent in the neighborhood of 3 billion dollars and got – absolutely nothing. From the looks of this fiscal cliff debacle all they got for their billions is more of the same.

It’s a strange thing. In a circus, clowns make you laugh. The clowns on Capital Hill make you want to cry.

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Letter: Leave Shoals Park trails alone

Dear Editor:

We waited years and had many delays before getting a good place to ride our 4-wheelers. Unfortunately it lasted a very short time before Shoals Park was closed to repair the roads and stayed closed for months and months with no word on when it would reopen (just try to get information about it). Now we see that it will reopen in January (maybe) after extensive road repairs and a lot of money spent. We 4-wheelers don’t want smooth, graded roads — that’s the idea of off-road. Leave the trails alone, forget about fees and just let people have fun without a lot of government messing around in it.

Mitch Holloway in Macclenny

Letter: Ditch health insurance benefits

Dear Editor:

I read with interest Commissioner James Croft’s proposal to save money by eliminating what commissioners get for travel and cell phones, saving about $9000 annually.

I don’t have a problem with them getting this because it is used to do their jobs effectively.

However, I agree with Commissioner Gordon Crews that more than $9000 a year can be saved by eliminating health insurance benefits. I don’t know what the county pays for it, but am willing to bet it’s over $1000 a month.

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Kudos to all those who saved her sanity

The daytime crowd at the pre-Christmas parade festival downtown.I had a life changing experience Saturday night. It’s a long story but suffice to say I am so glad I live in Baker County and we have a fantastic set of deputies and firemen working here.

My 4-year-old wandered off from my family while I was gone to retrieve my older child at the end of the Christmas Parade. From the time I learned he was missing till he was found seemed like forever, but it was only 13 minutes. A myriad of emotions washed over me in that time frame — what was he wearing; how do I tell his dad?

I was trying to think of where he might have gone. Was he trying to go to the fire station or was he hungry and went to the food booths? Had someone taken him and was he in one of the hundreds of cars trying to leave the area or would someone not see him in the dark and run over him?

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